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Classic African Sunset

The last few months have been pretty hard going with the new job and the changes that has bought on. Today felt like the first day that I’ve managed to stop and think about what I’ve been doing. Going through my lightroom library I came across this photo it made me realise how much I would like to go back to Africa. Perhaps next year.

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Springbok Stare

Most of the time when shooting wildlife in Africa, you’re shooting from higher than eye level on the animals, which is not ideal when it comes to background. To get a shot like this you need to get out of the car and lie on the ground. I’m not saying you should do this but if you do you need to trust the people you are with and that they are watching out for you, most guides will never let you do this but some are understanding if they have the right group. I feel I should be adding a disclaimer to this tip…

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First wild dog

A few years ago we were in Moremi, Botswana. This was the first and only time I have seem wild dog, what differs between them and all the other predators we have seen over the years, is they don’t hang around to pose for the camera.

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Flying High

I love watching the big birds of prey, there are plenty of Kites and Buzzards here in Switzerland and I’m always watching them when they are around. They look so graceful soaring through the sky riding thermals, hardly flapping their wings.

Not quite sure what this one is, it’s a juvenile of some kind, I took this photo along the Chobe river in Botswana, so it’s most likely a juvenile fish eagle.

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Crazy African Storms

Storms in Africa are great to watch they are very localised and most of the time they are off in the distance. Though if one does get close, they drop huge amounts of rain in a very short time.

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Bull Elephant of Savuti

I’ve been back to many places on this planet, and while they’re always different there’s nothing quite like the wow effect of seeing a place for the first time. I’ve been to Savuti several times now, and while each time it’s been very different, the first time it was very dry and all the animals were practically fighting for control of the water holes, a few years later it was flooded and the river was running past a campsite. The fact remains the first time was the most awe inspiring, I prefer the colours in the photographs I have, the elephants were way more beast like. I’m really not sure why this is. I can certainly say it shouldn’t be the camera, the photos from that visit were all taken with a Nikon D70s, a 6.1 megapixel camera from 2005, my first DSLR. This photo is a good example of why the camera doesn’t matter.

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Last Bush Camp

One of the greatest things about overlanding is camping wherever you want, sometimes you find the most wonderful spots, on top of a hill, next to some cliffs, next to a river, on a deserted beach. Most of the time there is no one else around, this was the last time we bush camped on our trip. This was somewhere close to entrance to the Botswana side of the Kgalagadi transfrontier park. During the night while we slept in our roof tent, a hyena came and stole one of our camp chairs.

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Kubu Island

Many overlanders finish their trips either in South Africa or they drive all the back to Europe, once we got to South Africa we weren’t done. We headed north into Botswana to see the central part of it, one of my favourite places in the centre of Botswana is Kubu island. A rocky outcrop in the middle of one of the massive salt pans, it has many twisted and distorted Baobabs growing on it.

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Chasing Birds

Unlike most overland routes after Namibia we didn’t go to South Africa we headed into Botswana, that’s where the our trusty Nikon D200 gave up the ghost. We had taken a couple of spare cameras with us luckily a Nikon D80 and my first ever DSLR a D70s, that’s still lying around the office here at home somewhere.

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Running Scared

It’s what zebra do when they are at water, the slightest disturbance and they all perform a mass retreat from the waters edge, it’s entertaining to watch, if one twitches even in the slightest they all just run for it.

This is one of the less visited places in Botswana the Makgadikgadi Pans national park. There is always wildlife on the western edge of the park near the boteti river. In the center of the park there are huge herds of zebra that form part of a migration, we visited in April and they were around. This photo was taken on the boteti river.

 

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